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EVENTS UPDATE:

“THE CENTENNIAL OF THE GREAT HALIFAX EXPLOSION”

MATT KERRIGAN, SPEAKER

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 7:00 PM, ADAMS ACADEMY

 On the eve of the 100th anniversary, Quincy Historical Society and the St.Andrew’s Society of Massachusetts will recount the events of the Great Halifax Explosion in Nova Scotia and the connection with Boston and Boston’s official Christmas tree.  On December 6, 1917 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Harbor, a French cargo ship, packed with war munitions, blew up, causing the largest man-made explosion before the advent of nuclear weapons. Thousands were killed.  Boston made extraordinary efforts to relieve the suffering.  The experience formed a bond between the two cities symbolized by the annual Christmas tree given by Nova Scotia.  Guest speaker Matt Kerrigan is a long-time educator in Nova Scotia and for 12 years was an assistant to the Mayor of Halifax.  Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no admission fee.

Programs and Events

Quincy Historical Society programs bring history to life for all types of audiences.

Public Programs: Throughout the year Quincy Historical Society presents guest historians, authors, musicians, artists, and actors in discussions of history and historically-informed performances. Topics range from fascinating insights into Quincy and area history through the whole span of American history.

Group Tours: Quincy Historical Society sponsors group tours for members and the public to historically significant locations throughout New England.

 

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Quincy students learn the history of the Quincy quarries.

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Rock-and-Roll legend and Quincy native Dick Dale--the "King of Surf Guitar"--speaks at the Historical Society.

  School Programs: Quincy Historical Society presents a comprehensive program on Quincy history in the 3rd and 4th grades of Quincy Public Schools. The program is also available by arrangement to other schools. The Society develops units on specific topics in Quincy history for middle and high schools.

Community Speaking: Quincy Historical Society personnel are available to speak to community groups on numerous topics in Quincy history, including the colonial era, the Revolution, Quincy's granite industry, Quincy shipbuilding, and immigration to Quincy.

Publications: Quincy Historical Society publishes a range of materials on Quincy history, including the books Quincy's Legacy and Squantum, a brochure guide to historic Hancock cemetery, and the twice-yearly periodical, Quincy History.

For more information on any of our programs or publications, send us a message by clicking on Contact Us.Programs are supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Quincy Arts Council.

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